As GM Authority previously reported, American Auto – a T.V. sitcom that aired on NBC – was renewed for a second season following a successful pilot season. Now, it appears as though the automotive-focused sitcom will not be receiving a third season.
NBC has decided to cancel American Auto after two seasons. This decision comes as the second season was less popular than the first, with an average of 1.95 million viewers and a 0.28 rating among adults ranging from 18-49 years old. For comparison’s sake, the first season averaged 2.17 million viewers and a 0.37 rating among the same demographic.
As a reminder, American Auto followed the story of the fictional Payne Motors, a struggling Detroit-based car company loosely inspired by GM, and its CEO Katherine Hastings. Justin Spitzer, the writer and executive producer of the hugely popular NBC comedy Superstore, served as the lead writer for American Auto, while Aaron Kaplan, known for his hit American Housewife series on ABC, was the executive producer.
The first season of American Auto was a hit among critics, and garnered 24 million people across all streaming platforms. The highest-rated episode in the ten-episode first season, titled ‘Commercial’, received a score of 8 stars out of ten. The synopsis for this episode says it follows Katherine and the team as they “re-shoot a commercial to make it more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.” The Pilot was the lowest-rated episode in season one at 6.4 stars out of ten.
American Auto was produced by Universal Television in association with Justin Spitzer’s Spitzer Holding Company and Kapital Entertainment.
Notably, NBC is set to stay in business with Spitzer to produce several upcoming shows.